Benny’s BBQ on Franklin Boulevard near 25th Avenue fed hundreds on Christmas Day.
It was a big Christmas gift to the community, from a business that opened up only nine days ago.
Owner Jermaine McIntyre said “By coming out and showing everyone we do care, hopefully they’ll respond in the same manner.”
The restaurant cooked around 300 pounds of chicken, green beans, and served it with bread and drinks until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Since the store opened, McIntyre wanted to do something for the high concentration of homeless people. McIntyre grew up just a few blocks away from the store.
The community embraces his efforts.
Ronald Armstrong had Christmas lunch at the restaurant and said, “We’re very thankful for their kindness and it’s needed in the community, somebody to reach out to the community and let them know we care.”
Even though opening a new business can be daunting, McIntyre says giving back is something all businesses, even new ones, can easily do.
He says, “If you want to put on an event like this, it may seem overwhelming at first, but if you’re able to approach others with a similar goal, people will thrust themselves into the project.”